Happy Valentine's Day!
If no one else has said it yet, let me be the first. You are beautiful! You are loved and are worthy of love! Take up your place in this world. You matter and you have gifts to share with the world. Don't withhold your gifts.
Today is the day for love. It doesn't have to involve another person either. You can practice self-love. In fact, self-love should be a daily practice and not just reserved for special occasions.
I know this can feel uncomfortable and weird. We're often taught from an early age that self-love is a form of conceit, selfishness, narcissism...you name it. But honestly, it is really an important part of your well-being.
Be young (or young at heart) again
Just watch a young child. They know they are the center of your world and they also know they will accept nothing less. When they accomplish something, whether it's the first time or the millionth time, they applaud themselves and expect the same from you. When my grandson recites his numbers or the alphabet for the umpteenth time, he expects us to congratulate him while he congratulates himself.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, we lose that uninhibited ability to be proud of ourselves. And beyond that, we lose our ability to see how much we deserve to be honored.
When you don't love yourself or deem yourself worthy, you are less likely to take care of your own needs. We put everyone ahead of ourselves, often to our detriment.
Be your own Valentine
Here are some easy ways to give yourself a little love today:
- pamper yourself - it doesn't have to be expensive or even coast anything. Take a warm bath with some nice music in low light and maybe a few candles for ambience.
- go to bed early - getting enough sleep is a form of self-love. Your body requires a certain amount of sleep every night and even one night of sleep deprivation can negatively impact many aspects of your well-being.
- have a heart healthy meal - prepare something healthy and delicious for yourself. You deserve the time and effort it takes to prepare something that provides your body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally.
- buy yourself some flowers - granted, the price of flowers today is probably exponentially higher than it will be tomorrow or any other day, except maybe Mother's Day. If you can afford it, do it.
- give yourself a hug and recite some positive affirmations in the mirror - you may think that sounds hokey or woo-woo, but try it. Really look into your eyes while you say nice things about yourself. You may surprise yourself with the emotion this seemingly meaningless activity evokes.
These are just a few things you can do to be your own Valentine today. Taking care of yourself is good for your heart. And that's what this is really all about.
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